La Porte County Sheriffs are urging parents to do an online sex offender database search prior to trick-or-treat night in their community this Halloween. Registered sex offenders in their immediate area should be avoided on Halloween is the suggestion being given to parents on this annual night out for kids.
The online service is free provided by the sheriffs office and parents not in the county can do sex offender searches on national databases or a site within their state to find the location of sex offenders. According to the police in La Porte County, there are 190 sex offenders in the county with 52 offenders against children and 46 violent predators. That’s enough to scare any parent.
Sheriff Major John Boyd feels that his department does an excellent job of keeping the offender database up-to-date with current registered offender addresses. He stresses that over 50% of sex offenses happen within one mile of a victim’s home and 75% of victims know their offender.
Keep your kids safe this trick-or-treat season by visiting the LaPorteCountySheriff.com website and running the OffenderWatch system for your area.
FDLE Makes It Easy To Check For Sex Offenders
There is a tool made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to check for sex offenders in the area.
Checking for sex predators has never been easier, just visit the FDLE’s neighborhood search website. All you have to do is check an address and the results will show in a list or map revealing anyone nearby who has been convicted of a sex crime.
Once you have the list of names, you are not left worrying about faceless convicted criminals who could be anyone. Each person will have their photo, status, and summery of their conviction.
Additional Efforts for Safety:
HCSO Maj. Chad Chronister stated that “There will be no Halloween for the 132 sex predators.” He explained that there over 2,000 sex offenders in Hillsborough County 132 of them are sex predators. Sex predators are more serious sexual offenders, such as those who have been convicted of crimes against children and teenagers.
Local deputies have been going to door to door to make it clear to known sexual predators that they are not permitted to participate in trick or treating. Parents can do their part in advance, but the offenders will know as well.
Nobody wants to have a sex offender living next door to them or in their neighborhood, and the reasons are obvious why you would want to know if an offender is living near to you. If you have small children, it is even more essential that you protect them by knowing who your neighbors are, and many people are victim of ex related crimes simply because they did not bother to carry out a sex offenders search. Although many former sex offenders are decent hard working citizens, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and a free sex offenders search can provide peace of mind for you and your family.
This article may be useful to you if you are thinking of carrying out a sex offenders search in an effort to understand whether there are any people living near to you with a sex crime conviction.
Needless to say, a sex crime is a very serious crime and it is understandable that you would want to know if any of your friends or neighbors had ever been convicted of such a crime. Your state’s district offices have the records of all individuals who have been convicted of one of these offences and you can have access to the information usually by paying a small fee. One disadvantage is that you may have to wait anything from a week to several weeks before being given the information, and you may want to use one of the websites offering a free sex offenders search. This way, you can have the results of your search back in just a few minutes.
However, be careful of any hidden fees or charges assessed by any site which claims to offer a free sex offenders search, and many of these sites also try to persuade you to pay more for a so called premium service. There could be consequences such as a jail sentence or other legal action for anyone who gets or uses false or misleading information connecting a person with a sex offense.
There are several commercial websites offering a sex offenders search and you can reckon on paying about $20. For this fee, the service is reliable and affordable. The best advice is to stay away from any site promising a free sex offenders search and use those sites which charge a small fee but are more likely to be genuine and reliable. It is extremely important to protect yourself and your family, and to be aware of any sex offenders living close to your home, but it is also important not to use these unreliable or untrustworthy websites.
Government resources is the only site I have ever used to carry out a sex offenders search, and it is a much better option than using the sites advertising a free sex offenders search which then turns out not to be free. It is well worth the $20 or so charge for the peace of mind it provides, and if you are not entirely satisfied, you can get a refund of the money you paid.